Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles–homeschool history, geography, Bible

Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles

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This fourth study in our six-book history series walks you through the famous men of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation, including the geography of Europe and Asia, as well as several Epistles. Its daily lesson plans are Charlotte Mason in style and designed to teach all your children together for history, geography, and Bible. (Grades 1–12) See full description →

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Study the Bible, geography, and history together as a family!

Another in our popular six-book series, this study walks your family through the famous men of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation, including a study of several epistles and the geography of Europe and Asia. It details living books, Book of Centuries entries, narration ideas, Scripture passages, geography ideas, additional assignments for older students, and optional hands-on activities to help you save time and foster learning for all your students, grades 1–12.

  • Saves Time—Combines all students, grades 1–12, in a family study.
  • Charlotte Mason in Its Approach—Incorporates Bible study, living books, narration, Book of Centuries, and geography.
  • Comprehensive—Provides additional assignments for older students, including Book of Centuries entries, written narration ideas, and extra independent reading.
  • Fun—Provides for optional hands-on activities that you can do all together or with only some of your students.
  • Recommended—Listed as a suggested resource in the SCM Curriculum Guide. Gives detailed lesson plans for the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles study and shows how all the books fit together for all the grades.
  • Complete—Details lesson plans for a full year of history, Bible, and geography studies.
  • Helpful—Includes handy tips and reminders of upcoming resources so you have time to collect them.

Additional Resources

The Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles study recommends these SCM resources:

Our History, Geography, and Bible Series

With our six-book series, you will cover the entire Bible, learn history from ancient to modern, and study all the main regions of the world!

& Ancient Egypt

Creation—332 B.C.

& Ancient Greece

1856 B.C.—146 B.C.

& Ancient Rome

753 B.C.—A.D. 476

Middle Ages, Renaissance,
Reformation & Epistles


Early Modern
& Epistles


Modern Times
& Epistles, Revelation


Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2012–2013 Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2014 Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2015

Keep It Simple

Combine these History Studies with our Individual Studies and family-combined Enrichment Studies for a complete Charlotte Mason curriculum!

Additional Information

Dimensions 11 x 8.5 x 0.325 in
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Printed Book, E-book (pdf)

Suggested grades



Sonya Shafer



Links & Tips

Check out these ideas that correspond to Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles. Use them to supplement your study of Medieval Times and the Renaissance.

10 reviews for Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles

  1. :

    I bought the first two handbooks at convention for my younger kids and then decided I wanted to look into using the middle ages handbook for my high schooler. He is coming home next year and will be finishing 10th – 12th at home with us. He has always been in public school and private school and is very used to the way they teach. I am very nervous about doing the CM style with him because he is not gonna get it at first and I think he will be frustrated! Because of what he is used to and expects I am feeling like there is no way this is enough for a high schooler – I know it is but there is this self doubt creeping in! I am all the way CM with my other kids but am struggling with this part of it with my oldest! Any suggestions or thoughts or help????
    Also – we will start off at the end of this book doing some of the Renaissance and all of the Reformation(becaause that is where he left off this last year). Where do we go next? I am hoping oyu might have the next book out in a few months????
    Thanks for your help and sorry for the lengthy comment!

    • :

      You will find that if you require your son to read the selections from Famous Men of the Renaissance and Reformation, as well as narrate his readings from Voices of the Renaissance and Reformation, you will be asking him to use a much higher thinking level than he is used to. Yes, it may take some getting used to, but probably because it is more difficult than too easy. Reading with attention in order to learn (which is his responsibility as the student) and writing down everything he remembers from that reading requires a lot of effort. You may find that he needs to practice narration orally before you require him to write his narrations. Feel free to adjust as needed during this transition.

      The current plan is to have the next time period handbook done in the spring, 2011. There are several pieces that need to fall into place for that to happen, but that is the current plan. Edit: The Early Modern & Epistles lesson plan book is now available.

  2. :

    thank you so much for your help! I am really looking forward to this year with him.

  3. :

    Page 15 on your sample download of this book (under resources needed) talks about the presentation of the Five Points of Arminianism and the Five Points of Calvinism. I’m curious which way the author leans between these too. Could you share further what the differences are (not in length, just in summary) and which way the author’s beliefs lean? Thanks.

    • :

      The Reformation Time Line simply presents the two short lists, but doesn’t expound on them at all. They are listed as historical reference — part of church history. The lesson plans do not refer to that part of the time line chart; they focus on the people and events listed on the time line and the five Solas of the Reformation.

      • :

        Thank you so much for your quick reply. I appreciate that this book does not push the reader to lean towards one side over the other, but simply provides the information to make their own decision what they choose to believe about the Reformation period and events/people involved. ~ Michelle

  4. :

    How are the 3 bible studies used in the guide?

    • :

      There are three Bible studies suggested in this guide: Discovering Doctrine, Life in the Word, and GOAL Bible Study Journal.

      GOAL Bible Study Journal is a study for the whole family to do together. Once a week you read aloud a chapter from one of the epistles and have family members listen for any of the four aspects of the GOAL study: Grasp this promise, Obey this command, Avoid this sin, Live this principle. You then record your findings in the journal. It’s nice to review those findings briefly each day until the next week when you move on to the next chapter.

      Discovering Doctrine and Life in the Word are for the 7-12 grade students to complete independently. Discovering Doctrine is an ongoing study that the students use throughout all those grades as they work their way through the Bible. Any time they read a verse or passage that gives a doctrinal truth (about God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, mankind, sin, salvation, the church, angels, the Bible, or future events), they record it under that section. In this way they compile their personal doctrinal statement based on their own study of the Word over several years. So that study is a continuation during this year as they read through the epistles listed.

      Life in the Word teaches the 7-12 grade students how to do various types of Bible study, using passages from the same epistles covered in the GOAL study. They learn how to do a word study, a Bible book study, a topical study, a character study, etc.

      Feel free to download the free samples of those studies to get a better picture of how each is set up.

      • :

        These studies are so rich, that I have started using the doctrine study in my personal devotion time. A very good tool for any Christian…even pastors…we need to be always looking for ways to help our parishioners develop deeper study habits…and this process is very helpful. Thank you sonja for such wonderful tools not only for our children but also us leaders in the church.

  5. :

    I am very impressed with everything I am finding on this website. I have had a very overwhelming beginning to our homeschool journey. This is my first year homeschooling my 12 year old daughter. She is in her second half of sixth grade and I am downloading several ebooks from CM. My question is, as I overview the sample downloads I see the resource lists for the different books/studies. Are they necessary for the study to be effective.I am not finding them on my local library search engine, or in Gutenberg. Will I have to purchase all of these extra resources?

    Thank you so much, and again, I am very impressed with all I have found here. This is a Godsend.

    -Keri P.

    • :

      Hi, Keri –

      I’m glad our site is proving helpful to you in your new adventure. Don’t worry, it will get easier as you go along and gain experience (just like cooking).

      Because the Charlotte Mason method is based on living books, we recommend various titles in our resources. Those recommendations are only suggestions; you may want to substitute a different living book that’s easier for you to find, and that’s fine. The ladies on our forum are always helpful when it comes to more book suggestions, or you might check our CM Bookfinder for other titles.

      You might also see if your library offers inter-library loans, where they will check libraries around the country for the title that you need and borrow it for you. I know some of the titles in the Middle Ages handbook are in public domain and should be available online somewhere. Keep in mind that you need to find only the books listed for Family and for your daughter’s grade level. You could also check, or I know several of the moms on the forum like to use

      I hope this helps.

  6. :

    I have a question about the GOAL bible study. Do you recommend that my 10 and 12 year old have their own book to write their own notes into? I see that it’s a family study. Thanks, Anje.

    • :

      If the study is being done all together, you can get just one book and appoint a person to record findings. If you want the students to do the study independently, they would each need a book.

  7. :

    Hi, I noticed in the book it says there are projects, but I dont see any listed or mentioned within this sample. How often are projects done and what types of hands on activities can I expect? Thank you!

    • :

      Some suggested projects are listed on the Links and Tips page for this book. You’ll also see a link above on the right side under the Shopping Options. We provide that type of page with some project ideas for all of our time-period handbooks, so people can use them even if they don’t buy the book of lesson plans.

      In the handbook, we mention the projects about once a term, during exam week. But feel free to incorporate as many as you would like, as often as you would like.

  8. :

    Hi, I’m going to use this guide with my children this year!! We are really looking forward to it! I was wondering if the exams are in the guide for the days they are scheduled or if I will have to make up my own. Thank you for all your hard work!


    • :

      Yes, there are exam questions in the guide for the exam days.

  9. :

    Which “Visits” book would you recommend using with Middle Ages, or do you still just recommend using the one suggested in the book for geo?

    • :

      Eventually we will be recommending the Visits to South America & Australia book to go along with the Middle Ages study, once it is ready. In the meantime, feel free to use the geography study included in the Middle Ages book.

  10. :

    Thanks Sonya. I was really hoping the new Middle Ages study and, the Visits would be out by this fall but, it will just give us something “new” the next time we come around to it!
    Thanks for all you guys do!

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